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Students forced me to quit: V-C

Chaudhary Charan Singh University's vice-chancellor HC Gupta resigned on Thursday, just two months after his appointment, bemoaning poor relations with student leaders.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2011 00:54 IST
S Raju

Chaudhary Charan Singh University's vice-chancellor HC Gupta resigned on Thursday, just two months after his appointment, bemoaning poor relations with student leaders.

The alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi blamed his decision on "insulting, derogatory and defamatory remarks from students".

Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi had appointed him vice chancellor on June 30.

Gupta said some student leaders had alleged he was corrupt. "They come in groups and mount pressure to get their illegitimate demands fulfilled. If their demands are rejected, they would begin raising defamatory and insulting remarks."

He said he had sent his resignation to the chancellor and the governor. "I can't work under such conditions," he said. "I am an IITian and nobody has the right to challenge my honesty." Gupta said he may, however, withdraw his resignation if all student leaders were "thrown out of the university campus".

"The behavior of student leaders has hurt me deeply," he said.

The university is spread across 20,000sq km and caters to more than 500,000 students. Its affiliated colleges provide conventional as well as professional training and education.

A student leader, Snehveeer Pundeer, said Gupta's resignation was unfortunate. "The vice-chancellor is an honest person, but he clearly lacks administrative skills," Pundeer said. "He was stubborn and frequently avoided meeting people."

This is not the first time that the university is embroiled in a controversy. Students' protests are a daily affair at the university campus.

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